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Playing through the whistle : steel, football, and an American town

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Thief River Falls Public Library 796.332 PRI (Text) 35500005834591 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 0802125646
  • ISBN: 9780802125644 :
  • Physical Description: x, 550 pages : map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-536) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The Red and the Black -- Little Hell -- Free men -- Bootstraps -- A war game -- Father backs up -- Crossfire -- Mother's Oats -- Mr. Lucky -- Halls of anger -- The crack -- Darkness on the edge -- You-know-who -- Up in smoke -- Mauling Apollo -- Shiny things -- Last ones laughing -- When the world opens -- Iron buttons -- Family matters.
Summary, etc.: "A Sports Illustrated senior writer presents a moving epic of football in industrial America, tracing the story of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania's now-shuttered steel mill, and its legendary high school football team,"--NoveList.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 September #1
    Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is the town in the subtitle, an ethnically mixed, blue-collar community northwest of Pittsburgh, a town dominated through most of its history by the Jones & Laughlin steelworks and for all of its history by football. Aliquippa has been the spawning ground of multiple gridiron heroes, including, quintessentially, Mike Ditka and, later, all-pros Ty Law and Darrelle Revis (Tony Dorsett, from Aliquippa, attended nearby Hopewell High). But Aliquippa's and the steel industry's decline was long and devastating, exacerbated by crack cocaine and its concomitant brutal violence, including attacks against the police. Price, a Sports Illustrated senior writer, tells the town's story all very well, if lengthily and at times melodramatically, starting with J & L's viciously anti-union past; the town's surprising but uneasy early racial integration (there were no black cheerleaders, for example, until late); and the more recent battles, invariably, inevitably, about race. There are also, of course, revealing anecdotes about individual players and the coaches (buying the players sandwiches "to assure they would eat at least one meal a day"). Good stuff for Friday Night Lights devotees. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

S. L. Price, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated since 1994, is the author of three previous books: Heart of the Game; Pitching Around Fidel, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Far Afield, which Esquire named one of the top five reads of 2007. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Subject: Football Pennsylvania Aliquippa History
Steel industry and trade Pennsylvania Aliquippa History
Iron and steel workers Pennsylvania Aliquippa History
Aliquippa (Pa.) History
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